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Portland, OR | April 17 - 19, 2018

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Social Thinking Portland
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  • Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown
  • 1441 NE 2nd Avenue
  • Portland, OR 97232
  • We ensure the facilities we partner with to host Social Thinking trainings are handicap accessible. We invite individuals needing special accommodations accessing facilities, resources, materials, etc. to contact Elena Samsonova at conferences@socialthinking.com, or (408) 557-8595 x325.

     

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Description

In Portland, join us and discover an array of strategies that improve social competencies, academic performance, and teach to educational standards! Discover the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment to delve into a person's strengths and weaknesses and emerge with strategies tailored to the individual. Learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching executive function skills, including devising plans and controlling emotions to achieve goals!

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We are proud to be one of the only companies in education that feeds both your mind and body. Each day of the conference, enjoy a delicious full lunch complete with bottomless coffee and tea - on the house! Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. For additional dietary allergies or restrictions, please plan accordingly.


We also want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible for your budget and are happy to provide you with Early Bird and Team Discount Rates.

General Schedule
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Sign in, get name badge & folder 
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm: Conference 
    12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: Lunch Provided 
    12:50 pm – 3:45 pm: Conference

     

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Tuesday April 17, 2018

Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model

ages 5 - young adult

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group—and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.
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This course is designed to teach professionals and parents the social learning frameworks, concepts, and strategies needed to guide others toward improved social processing and social competencies. Conference attendees will gain new insights into the power of their own social-emotional intelligence as they explore their social motivations and how they process and respond to social information. We will dissect hidden social rules, contemplate how social expectations change with age, and discuss how social problem solving is at the heart of social competencies and affects how students interpret and respond to social-academic information and assignments. Social Thinking has developed a large range of treatment* strategies—and attendees will walk away with a number of them, including approaches for helping students avoid “the blurt,” cope with boring moments, and develop conversational language.


Much of the day will focus on the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition. ILAUGH is an acronym for Initiating Communication, Listening with Eyes and Brain, Abstract and Inferential Thinking, Understanding Perspective, Getting the Big Picture, and Humor & Human Relatedness. The ILAUGH model demonstrates not only why people with social learning challenges have weaker social abilities but also how social interpretation is linked to academic tasks such as written expression, conversational language, reading comprehension, and organizational skills. As we wrap up the day, we will explore how to teach at the roots—and not through the leaves—of Social Thinking’s Social Learning Tree. We will then discuss how to write realistic IEP goals based on rubrics. Mainstream teachers find the information in this course applicable to all students as it pertains to social-emotional learning, and audiences around the world love that it furthers their own social-emotional insights!


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Wednesday April 18, 2018

The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies

ages 5 - young adult

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore two core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies for use at home and school: Social Behavior Mapping and the Friendship Pyramid and related ideas for expanding treatment using these tools.
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We begin the day by exploring how to better understand the minds of individuals with social learning challenges when traditional standardized tests fall short. We introduce the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment (ST-IDA), a series of tasks with corresponding templates described in Michelle Garcia Winner's book Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition. The dynamic tasks included in the ST-IDA examine the way the individual approaches social communication, executive functioning, and problem solving in real time. The ST-IDA can be a useful tool for initial or three-year testing and can provide valuable insight to all members of the educational or support team.


Results of the ST-IDA can help to uncover the link between social thinking challenges and social and academic learning. We provide a detailed checklist for two assessment tasks, which serves as a catalyst to guide more meaningful observations. Deeper observations, in turn, lead to developing more meaningful treatment* programs. Discussion related to the video footage of the informal assessment tasks will highlight how stakeholders (e.g., parents, diagnosticians, paraprofessionals, teachers, counselors, therapists, etc.) can work more effectively with those we aim to help. Parents and professionals applaud the highly practical nature of this workshop.


In the afternoon, we will review two practical treatment frameworks. The first, Social Behavior Mapping (SBM), is a visual framework that teaches social responsibility by highlighting that social expectations occur in a given context based on the situation and people. SBM enables individuals to discover what is expected or unexpected in a social situation while also learning the impact their behavior has on others’ feelings. How others feel about our behavior also impacts how they treat us and ultimately affects our own feelings! SBM has been widely adopted for use with all ages. This core Social Thinking treatment framework reflects our cognitive behavioral teaching style. Audience members will create their own Social Behavior Map as part of the training.


To help individuals understand the difference between friendly and friendship we have a visual treatment framework called the Friendship Pyramid. We will delve into five different levels of relationship development starting with the importance of initiating and responding to greetings with people who are not “friends.”


To round out the day, we will describe a four-phase social competency pathway to guide our students as they engage in a social learning process.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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CE Credit arrow-down

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Thinking About You Thinking About Future Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

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Thursday April 19, 2018

Thinking About You Thinking About Future Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

ages 4 - 18

This is a practical-strategies seminar! Clearly define executive function skills and determine the most effective treatment interventions. Learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop executive function skills, including devising plans to achieve their goals using self-talk and self-initiating; transitioning to higher priority tasks; and controlling their impulses and emotions to successfully complete a task. Improve student awareness skills so that they can “read a room,” create an appropriate action plan, and infer possible outcomes. Teach students to see and sense the passage of time, accurately estimate how long tasks will take, change or maintain their pace, and carry out routines and tasks within allotted time frames. Learn methods to improve a student’s ability to cognitively shift and be flexible in processing and accessing information. Learn how to use Get Ready * Do * Done to turn lesson and treatment plans into powerful tools to teach students executive control skills.
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To successfully execute, children need to be aware of task demands and set goals. Then they must access forethought and hindsight to think in an organized way and to sustain their focus on the relevant features of the task at hand. As students mature they learn to organize time, space, and materials and develop the reasoning skills to consider multiple outcomes to problems; recognize gray areas; and manage both expected and unexpected changes in plans, routines, rules, and novel situations. Students must fluidly shift between changing task demands and carrying out multiple complex steps to achieve expected goals.


Self-regulation is essential for task execution and involves: 1) any action that allows students to stop and direct themselves; 2) how this action results in behavior change; 3) how this improves the likelihood of goal attainment. Termed mimetic ideational information processing (MIME), individuals mentally “mime” the idea and do a “dry run” of their impending actions to simulate possible future scenarios. In effect, it is mental trial and error.


Our executive function program teaches students to be a Mind MIME: to mentally pre-simulate an experience to successfully achieve a future goal. This episodic future thinking is essential for flexibility of actions and thoughts as it enables us to simulate an optimal future scenario and anticipate possible problems so we can pre-plan for and select possible courses of action. At the core of Social Thinking is the concept of “social thinking,” a process in which we consider the thoughts, beliefs, intentions, emotions, knowledge, and actions of another person along with the context of the situation to understand that person’s experience and imagine how they may be perceiving us. This could also be characterized as “thinking about you thinking about me” (which is also the title of the foundational book about the Social Thinking Methodology. Central to social-executive functioning is “thinking about future me,” where one uses theory of mind to consider and make smart guesses about what their future selves would be doing, thinking, feeling, and saying. Visualizing ‘future me’ enables us to compare “planned vs. actual” so we can self-regulate and adapt in the moment as we experience glitches and distractions. Many students with social thinking challenges struggle with self-projection, episodic scene construction, and the ability to simulate future events.


In this practical-strategies seminar you will learn how to clearly define executive function skills to determine the most effective treatment* interventions. Understand the development of the executive function skills and what is meant by the term “executive dysfunction,” and learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop executive function skills. Teach students to develop a “memory for the future,” devise plans to achieve a goal, use self-talk, self-initiate, transition to the next task of higher priority, and control their impulses and emotions to successfully complete a task. Improve students’ awareness skills so they can “read a room” and formulate an appropriate action plan while inferring possible outcomes. Teach students to note the passage of time, accurately estimate how long tasks will take, change or maintain their pace, and carry out routines and tasks within allotted time frames. Learn methods to improve students’ ability to cognitively shift and be flexible in processing and accessing information. Learn how to use the Get Ready * Do * Done model to turn core curriculum and lesson/treatment plans into powerful tools to teach students executive control skills. Walk away with plenty of fresh approaches to help students develop automaticity for routines and transitions.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies

What You Will Learnarrow-down
Schedulearrow-down
CE Credit arrow-down

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Individual/Small Group: Select this option if you are registering Non Professionals and/or up to four Professionals. Prices are per person.

Team/Large Group: Select this option if you are registering five or more Professionals at the SAME TIME. Prices are per person. Our website can only accept one payment per team. If you would like to register a team with separate payments, please fill out the registration form and submit it to us with all payments included. All registration info and payments must be received together for the team rate to apply.

CE Credit: Only those registering as Professionals will have access to continuing education credit.

Early Bird Price (through APR 04)

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off

Full Price (APR 05 - APR 19)

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
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      11% Off 2 Day
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Early Bird Price (through APR 04)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$196.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$171.50

1 Day Pass

$183.75

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$347.20

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$303.80

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$325.50

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$495.20

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$433.30

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$464.25

Full Price (APR 05 - APR 19)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$245.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$208.25

1 Day Pass

$220.50

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$434.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$368.90

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$390.60

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$619.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$526.15

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$557.10

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    Thinking About You Thinking About Future Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

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